Our church is led by a dedicated team of trained professionals who are committed to
personal spiritual growth and to serving Christ in ministry through Cook Baptist Church.
Discipleship and Administration Pastor
Todd has been in ministry for over 30 years serving in a variety of ministry positions including youth pastor, worship pastor, and senior pastor. He has also served as an international missionary in Brazil. Todd is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He loves spending time with his family, attending sporting events (especially Louisiana Tech!), and spending time outdoors. Todd and his wife Lesley have been married for over 30 years and have four children. Todd provides leadership for our Bible study and discipleship ministries and manages our church office.
University and Missions Pastor
Chris was born and raised in Minden, LA, about 45 minutes west of Ruston. He grew up going to Tech sporting events with his family! Chris attended Ouachita Baptist University to play football, and graduated from Louisiana Tech in 2002 with a BS in Secondary Education. After teaching high school math and coaching football for 10 years, Chris felt the Lord calling him to full-time ministry. He’s got two seminary degrees – a Master’s in Missions from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as a MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris and Amanda love having students in their home and feel passionate about making disciples who make disciples. Come join our college ministry family! Love y’all!
Wes is a Monroe native who began his ministry at Cook in the summer of 2018. He has previously served as Youth Minister at First Baptist Church in Wisner, Louisiana and Swartz First Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Ouachita Christian School and The University of Louisiana at Monroe. Wes has a passion to see students come to know Christ and grow in their relationship with Him.
Wes leads our students into growth opportunities such as Connect Groups, Wednesday night worship, fellowships, summer camp, and much more.
Children's Ministry Director